Try to cut off the water with three children at home and you will know why we waited for the first day of school to put in the countertop.
We started bright and early cutting out the hole for the sink. Luis worked from the back and the center carefully measuring and marking on masking tape where he would need to cut. Since this is a top mount sink, there is an L-channel about 1/2" in from the outside edge of the sink.
Don't you love my saw horses:-) Actually they are part of the table that went with my chairs and I have every intention of refinishing it...someday. I got some ideas seeing the countertop there, though, lol.
First, Luis drilled each corner to get a starting point.
He started with the jigsaw, but decided it was taking too long and used the power saw...
...then finished up the corners with the jigsaw.
I could not wait to fit the sink in, and it was perfect! Kind of looks like a bathtub at this point, though.
We then tried it on the counter, and it was perfect because Luis measures 78 times and cuts once. Really, he does.
I could not wait to get the faucet in just to see it.
Then we started the awful part...plumbing. We first set the drain in the sink with plumber's putty. Not so bad, but not as easy as it looked on This Old House.
We ended up putting the sink in the countertop before attaching the countertop to the cabinets. At that point the kids were home, so we got some help:-)
We then lifted the countertop and sink, and attached it to the cabinets with screws. Then, Luis hooked up the plumbing. There were some small issues, but Luis got them worked out so we could at least turn on the water. Let me tell you having that big sink is amazing! Stainless does have its issues with spotting, etc., and the giant size of this sink magnifies that, but considering the choices, I would not trade it.
I spent today trying to decide what to do with the backsplash and after going through every "free" idea from beadboard to two different wallpapers, I decided to keep the blue since it's a color from the old house, and I'll add a glass mosaic tile accent just above the sink and the wormy chestnut trim from the old house. I had to do some patching where the old tile came off, but I'll be able to work on that Thursday.
I just finished restoring this trim piece today and have three more ready to go. They turned out beautifully after washing and scrubbing with steel wool, a brush, then sanding and coating with stain.
I am really enjoying just looking at the countertop, and knowing that we did it all ourselves and from materials right here makes it beyond meaningful to me. I think my grandfather would be proud:-)
I might be able to do the little section of tiling tomorrow, then grout it Thursday, which will only leave trimming with the wormy chestnut.
It is taking all the patience I can muster, but I can see the end now and the rewards will be so worth it. Really, they will:-)
If you want to see more of the wormy chestnut countertop process, click HERE. To see more about my journey to this style, visit Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours where I was featured in her How I Found My Style Sundays series.
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